Virtual Tours & Online Resources
Combining archival material with technical prowess, Save Chelsea is proud to introduce a series of virtual walking tours that can be explored from anywhere. This project was led by Andrew Cronson, Laurence Frommer, David Howloka, and Cher Carden. We also give our sincerest thanks to David Freeland, George Calderaro, John Reddick, Ken Lustbader, Miriam Berman, Lynne Funk, and Eric Washington for their help.
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Save Chelsea | Tin Pan Alley & Old Chelsea Theater District Tour
The founding of Save Chelsea as an organization was spurned by the activism surrounding the establishment of the Chelsea Historic District. Now, years later, we would like to expand on that work to make sure that even more of the irreplaceable fabric of Chelsea is protected. A small sampling of this forthcoming project has been mapped to serve as an introduction to the community, along with other notable points of interest.
Starting in the mid-1800's, the neighborhood of Chelsea was an epicenter of New York City's arts and culture. At its heart was Tin Pan Alley which was famous for the music publishing houses which operated on West 28th Street. An additional sampling of this tour has been made through our partnership with Urban Archive which can be viewed online or through their mobile app.
Save Chelsea | Chelsea Historic District Extension Virtual Walking Tour
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Save Chelsea | French Chelsea History Tour
New York City has had a French presence since the days when New Amsterdam and nearby New Rochelle and New Paltz had a sizeable population of French speaking Protestants escaping persecution in Europe. Delancey Street in the Lower Manhattan still bears the name of a prominent Huguenot family of Old New York. After the French Revolution of 1789, many members of the French nobility or those connected to them that survived, relocated to the area around what is today Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side and set up schools to teach fine manners to the daughters of New York’s elite including the daughters of Alexander Hamilton. Turmoil in France, revolutions both successful and failed, would send more French immigrants of various affiliations to New York through to the end of the 19th Century.
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Save Chelsea | Black History Tour
Chelsea played a significant role in New York's African American community and its history. Particularly from the 1880s to at least 1900, New York's African American community having been displaced from southern Greenwich Village settled in the West 20s and 30s. While they were in Chelsea, they created a vibrant network of churches, social clubs, and other groups to create a community. An additional sampling of this tour has been made through our partnership with Urban Archive which can be viewed online or through their mobile app.